Thursday, April 16, 2015


I've joined a tip-in page swap on one of my Yahoo groups - here's one of my tip-ins for this month's partner's journals.  Her theme is "Life In the Undergrowth."  I used a picture I took in 2000 of the Llano River in New Art, Texas for the base, then added Tim Holtz's tissue paper for the top portion.

"Life In the Undergrowth"

Saturday, February 7, 2015


I've signed up for a number of art classes and purchased a Strathmore 400 Series 9" x 12" Mixed Media Journal   for my experiments utilizing a number of different techniques and styles.  One picture is worth a thousand words so here are my first pages, as well as my cover art.  The cover art was created with many stencils, one stamp, black Archival Ink and a number of Liquitex aerosol spray paints - so fun!

The below experimental journal spread  featured a spray background (no stencils this time) utilizing Liquitex aerosol spray paints - a quick way to cover the background.  I also sprayed some picket fence white Distress Spray Stain randomly over the right side of the spread.  Magazine pictures were cut out and adhered with gel medium, while left side was stamped with a circular stamp several times to allow for some journaling which can be done at a later stage.  Pictures were outlined and smudged with a charcoal pencil - a small amount of Turquoise Pan Pastel was used around an image on the black portion of the page and then sprayed with Krylon matte sealer.  Two rub-ons from Tim Holtz were added to finish my composition.

Nick Bantock Style Journal Pages

Tinted Texture Paste w/ Stencils
Drip Technique Background w/ Images

Sunday, June 22, 2014


I learned a new technique from Diana at my ATC monthly group sponsored by a local scrapbooking store.  Diana passed out random pages from a paperback book that was going to be thrown out.  I only had a few art supplies with me but had enough to decorate my page poem with tissue tape, markers that Diana shared, a black stamp pad and two different bottles of Distress Paints - Fired Brick and Forest Moss.  Want a fun way to create random journal pages - we had a 15-minute time limit.

"Addicted to Love"

Saturday, April 5, 2014


Here's my latest pages featuring Teesha and Tracy Moore's Zetti style.  I just joined for $5 monthly their new online endeavor The Artstronauts Club which provides lots of journaling workshops, altered book workshops and many artist videos.

Front - Size 5" x 7"
Back - Size 5" x 7"
I found the pages easier to put together if I fused all the images to Wonder-Under and then adhered them to my colored water color paper page backgrounds using a mini-quilting iron.  No gluey mess or fingers to clean up.  Sharpies and gelly roll pens were used to further enhance my pages.  Way too much fun!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


I just ordered a new DVD from Creative Catalyst Products - Anne Bagby's "Grunge Book:  An Acrylic Art Journal.  I can't wait to get it!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Bohemian Chic Tie Dye Journal

I've just completed a journal made from scratch using tie dye paper towels for the covers, as well as some of  the inside pages.  See my blog Altered-Artifacts for details on tie dyeing paper towels (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the blog).  Outside pages were fused to wonder under fusible webbing to add stability.  Inside paper towel pages were fused to white card stock with wonder under, and inside pages were coated with clear gesso for a super strong writing area.  The binding is rug hooking netting interlaced with complimentary dyed ribbons (torn muslin strips, as well as hem tape).  Journal fabricated utilizing techniques learned from Traci Bautista's DVD "Retro Rags" purchased from Creative Catalyst Productions.  Tie dye technique used my own variation of Traci's dyeing techniques outlined on video.  The dyes I used were Distress Ink Re-inkers from Ranger, Inc.  I love the beautiful colors!


Close-up of Scrunched Paper Towel Flowers

4/16/2015 - Note:  I've gone back and reworked the interior of this journal and will be filling it with Ingrid Dijkers' style journal pages.  She's one of the best and lives in Plymouth, Michigan, about 30 minutes from my house.  I've been lucky enough to have been invited to three art workshops done entirely free - lucky me!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

6" x 9" Journal Page Swap....

Yay!  I'm hosting a journal page swap on the All Things Tim Yahoo Group.  Will be swapping 12 pages for 12 pages (as host, I'm creating the front and back covers and punching the holes for the ring binding).  Pages are due July 15 for Group I and August 1 for Group II.  Maybe this will push me in the right direction.  Why is it so difficult to begin an art journal - have been wanting to begin one for the past few years? 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Strathmore Journal Classes....

Just joined Strathmore for a series of three free online journal workshops beginning on January 1 to kick off the new year.  The first workshop series whose instructor is Pam Carriker uses bits and pieces of old journal pages to complete a new visual journal using a Strathmore water color journal, gel medium and assorted junk mail as ephemera.  I've decided to place my journal pages in a cigar box which will hold my 8" x 7" journal pages I cut from 140# Strathmore water color paper.  When I'm finished creating all my journal pages, I will bind the pages. 

Monday, July 5, 2010

Glue Book Project 31....

Prepped my 8" x 8" book that will chronicle 2009, a year filled with adventure and surprises.  Will do a page a day for the entire month of July.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Discovered "Glue Books"....

Joined a new Yahoo Group called Glue Books.  This group has daily challenges, great artwork, and a very easy-to-do journal approach.  Created an album for this group - codename:  Stuck on Gluebooks.  Off to buy rubber cement and Sharpie Oil Paint Pens!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Adventure Begins.....

The blog has been set up to chart my challenges and adventures!  I wonder where it will take me?